Arik Hesseldahl

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Salesforce Taps VMWare Veteran Tod Nielsen as Heroku’s Next CEO

Salesforce.com has chosen Tod Nielsen, the onetime COO of VMWare, to run its Heroku platform-as-a-service offering for software developers, according to report on GigaOM. His title will be CEO of Heroku. Nielsen left VMWare last year for a role at EMC’s big data venture, known as the Pivotal Initiative. Salesforce confirmed the move in a statement to AllThingsD and said a formal announcement was pending. He will replace Byron Sebastian, who left Heroku in September.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik